5hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Games that will decide the NFL season

Which remaining games will decide the NFL playoff field? Bill Barnwell sets up the viewing guide as we march into December.

Curry's fourth-quarter clutch plays (0:28)
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NFL Power Rankings: Panthers take over

Unbeaten Carolina is our new No.1, but who else in on the rise and how far did the Patriots fall with their first loss of the season?

30 for 30 Shorts: Thicker Than Water (14:16)
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Hensley: Hill gives Ravens a thrill in Cleveland

In a season full of losses, the Ravens left Cleveland with a thrilling win Monday night when they blocked a potential winning FG and Will Hill scooped up the ball and scored in the game's final seconds.

ESPN Sport Science - Ravens Kick 6 (1:19)
Jadakiss' NBA 'Top 5 Dead Or Alive' playlist (2:05)
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3hMitch Sherman

How loyalty paid off for Iowa, Ferentz

Through the good times and bad, the big wins and tough losses, Iowa and Kirk Ferentz have stuck together. Now they're one win away from a playoff spot.

5hChantel Jennings

Monmouth bench becomes a star attraction

The bench mob known as The Hawks' Nest has gained notice for their celebrations. Just cheering won't do; how about fishermen with a photo op?

Big 10-ACC Challenge: Tuesday preview (3:43)
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Strauss: Warriors 'hustle' Jazz, improve to 19-0

The Warriors' seven-game road trip started Monday night with their 19th straight win. But it wasn't easy. Steph Curry (26 points) hit two free throws with two seconds to play as the Warriors avoided their first loss of the season in Utah.

Draymond Green on what makes the Warriors special (3:56)
Dabo dabs (0:16)
Kobe's Philly finale (1:10)
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5hNBA Insiders

5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

Mbah a Moute sets up Jordan with beautiful dish (0:17)
Surviving without Gronk (0:56)
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6hAaron Schatz

Schatz: Projecting the NFL playoff picture

It's not Denver, New England or Cincinnati. No, the AFC's hottest team is Kansas City. They're now in the picture; Aaron Schatz projects the NFL playoffs.

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Heisman Watch: Henry closes in, top 5 unchanged

Alabama running back Derrick Henry (49 points) remains a firm No. 1 in this week's Heisman Watch after his 271-yard outing against Auburn, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (31 points) and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (28 points) remaining at Nos. 2 and 3.

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7hMike Sando

Sando: Denver's title window is wide open

Many have described the Broncos as a win-now team because of Peyton Manning. But his injury has shown that the roster is well equipped to contend for titles after he's gone.

Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Cardinals RB Chris Johnson actually would not be eligible to return until Super Bowl. So Cardinals and CJ holding out hope they can make it.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Cardinals announced they placed RB Chris Johnson on IR designated to return, meaning he is out a minimum of six weeks.

Booger McFarland not apologizing to Iowa

Is SEC Network's Booger McFarland ready to apologize for calling out the Big Ten prior to the first College Football Playoff ranking? Only to Michigan State and Ohio State.


Dabo's turn to dab

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows how to dab, even if he doesn't quite know what it means.


Capital One Cup results

  • Manchester City 4-1 Hull City
  • Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton
  • Stoke City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday


Lebron regrets not meeting Kobe in Finals

"I didn't hold up my end of the bargain in 2009 for the fans, for us, to meet in the Finals. ... I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, we wanted it, he held up his end and I didn't hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn't happen."

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NFL Power Rankings: A new No. 1

For the first time since Week 2, the NFL Power Rankings feature a new king: The still undefeated Carolina Panthers. But how far did the Pats loss to the Broncos hurt their positioning? Full rankings

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Barnwell: Biggest games left in the NFL

It's Dec. 1. There are 80 total games left in the NFL's regular season, and Bill Barnwell has circled the ones that will decide the playoffs -- and perhaps the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Big games

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Kevin De Bruyne seals it for Manchester City! Man City 3-0 Hull City

Dave Roberts: Dodgers built to win

The team's new manager discusses the core values he hopes to instill and his biggest observations about the Dodgers from his time with the Padres.


Devon Still confirms Leah is cancer-free

The former NFL player posted on Instagram last week: "Thanks for all the support and prayers! Just got the phone call that her scans showed NED (no evidence of disease)! #LeahStrong #StillKickinCancersAss." Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in June 2014.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Howard on Kobe Bryant: "Kobe is one of the greatest ever to play the game, he had an amazing career and it all comes to an end for all of us. Someone we all grew up watching and grow from the Afro to the changing of the number to all that stuff, 81 points. He's had a very good career. He paid the way for so many players coming out of high school. His work ethic and everything that he stands for on the court has been great. For 20 years, I mean thats amazing to play this game a long time. I know it will probably be tough after he retires because he loves this game so much. All of us have to face that reality one day just wish him well."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

From Arizona: Senior forward Kaleb Tarczewski has a stress reaction and strained muscle in his left foot and will be out 4-6 weeks. Injury happened against Santa Clara on Nov. 26 in Wooden Legacy. He missed Providence (loss) and Boise State (win) games. Arizona is at Gonzaga Saturday.

Twins get deal with Korean slugger Park

The Twins agreed to a four-year, $12 million deal with Byung Ho Park, who hit 53 homers in 2015 in the KBO. The Twins won the rights to sign Park with a $12.85 million bid last month.

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ICYMI: How not to rebound feat. Harden

Rockets star James Harden had no interest in collecting this rebound, sliding away as the ball came off the rim.


Best landing spots for Mark Richt

Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell believe the recently-fired Georgia coach would be a great replacement for the Miami Hurricanes.


dwyanewade @dwyanewade

For 13 years he has pushed me to be great. just simply because he's great. Thank you @kobebryant for setting the bar high for 2 guards in this era. if not for you others or myself wouldn't have had anything real to shoot for. Your message back to me after I broke your nose in an Allstar game let me know what kinda competitor you were and it let me know I was in trouble the next time we faced each other. which was 5 days later haha.. #Afriend #Vino #Mambaout

KD blasts media for Kobe treatment

Kevin Durant said he's "disappointed" with how the media has treated the struggling Kobe Bryant: "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it."


Tiger: No timetable for return

Tiger Woods, talking ahead of this week's Hero World Challenge, which he's hosting, isn't sure when he will make his return to competitive golf after back surgery: "Literally taking it day by day and week by week."

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Kobe Bryant's career in photos

Bryant was a fresh-faced kid when the Lakers acquired him on draft day in 1996. Twenty years later, he's a superstar with a swan song. Photos

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Staff/Senior Writer 

MLB teams in search of big power, high strikeout, righty bats have no shortage of options this week. The Mariners are shopping Mark Trumbo and the Astros have made Chris Carter available in advance of Friday's tender deadline. And now the Rockies' Wilin Rosario has chosen to elect free agency after clearing outright waivers.

Sport Science: Ravens kick-6

On Monday night, the Ravens' special teams unit scored two touchdowns, including a blocked field goal as time expired.


Jones insists Tony Romo has '4-5 years' left

A fiesty Jerry Jones believes the Cowboys QB has plenty of years left, telling 105.3 The Fan's K&C Masterpiece: "This is not a damn debate, guys. ... [Y]ou're asking me what I think and I think we've got [an] outstanding quarterback ahead of us for the next four or five years."


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Bill Self said Cheick Diallo will come off the bench tonight in his college debut. Also hoping to play the frosh in excess of 15 minutes.

Tiger paints bleak picture of future

Bob Harig explains Tiger Woods' pessimistic view of his immediate future: "He's not been able to do any rehab. ... He's basically just walking."